The year is 1939. The NHL introduced the best-of-seven playoff format. The Boston Bruins knock off the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup, 4 games to 1.
The Bruins are loaded with stars like Milt Schmidt, Frank Brimsek, Eddie Shore, Dit Clapper, Bill Cowley and captain Cooney Weiland.
Mel Hill in the semi-final round.
The Bruins and New York Rangers went the distance in the qualifying round for the Stanley Cup finals. Not only did the teams go seven games, but 6 of the games went into overtime. By the end the teams played the equivalent of 9 games!
Game 7 went into triple overtime. Cue our hero, Mel Hill. Hill, on a beautiful set up by center Bill Cowley, would score a sudden-death goal 8 minutes into the third extra stanza, giving the Bruins a 2-1 win and a berth in the finals.
For Hill it was his third overtime winning goal of that BOS-NYR series! Needless to say, he would go down in history best known by his new nickname - Sudden Death Mel Hill.
Special mention should also go to Hill's linemates Cowley and Roy Conacher. In the 5 game final series against Toronto Cowley had seven assists while Conacher had 5 goals and 7 points, both records for rookies.
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